Students joined together with educators, community members andgovernment today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland ElementarySchool in Sydney. The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 studentslast September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Josephschools. “Brookland is a wonderful school,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “The students and staff have brought the spirit of thethree predecessor schools to a fine new building with all themodern amenities. “There’s no better example of that spirit than the money they’veraised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia — $2,300and counting.” Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children inthe area. “I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone –students, teachers, parents and the community — the opportunityto find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to worktogether for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for everychild,” she said. The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorativeplaque. Student performers provided entertainment. The school is home to 24 classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room,a music room, and a multi-media room. It devotes 3,716 squaremetres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with spacefor storage and support. The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investmentby the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost$11 million.
Patna: The Patna High Court has sought a reply from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a PIL seeking directions to authorities concerned for the preservation of a temple in Bihar’s Kaimur district which is said to be more than 1,600 years old. A Division Bench comprising Justice Jyoti Saran and Parth Sarthy passed the order Friday on the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gaurav Kumar Singh, a student of Chanakya National Law University here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The PIL seeks a writ of mandamus (direction) for protection and preservation of Maa Mundeshwari temple and idols of the deities in it. The PIL, which has also named the Union ministry for Youth and Culture as a respondent, has also sought a direction for the repair of the damage that has already been caused to the temple’s structure, idols of the deities installed inside it and its boundary wall besides deployment of armed personnel, i.e., CISF or police for its security. The petitioner has appended to the PIL the printout of an email he wrote to several authorities on March 29 this year, drawing their attention towards the decrepitude of the temple “which is more than 1600 years old” and was declared a “protected monument way back in 1914”. The court directed the ASI to file its reply while fixing August 9 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
Besides, the UN panel report itself has recommended a hybrid inquiry mechanism with the participation of international judges, lawyers and investigators. The UN panel’s findings show that all international laws had been flouted in the crimes against Tamils and they were deliberate and planned. “A domestic investigation will not be impartial and a probe by the accused into the crimes will turn justice into a mockery. The Indian government should voice its support for an independent, credible and international investigation and introduce a resolution for it in the United Nations Human Rights Council”, he added. India’s DMK leader M Karunanidhi has opposed a statement made by Vikas Swaroop, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, supporting a resolution accepted by Sri Lanka on the findings of the UN human rights probe panel on the atrocities on Tamils, the New Indian Express reported.Karunanidhi urged the Union government to support an international criminal investigation into the matter. The DMK leader said, “Supporting the US resolution will deny justice for war crimes, human rights violations and genocide of Tamils and the wound will remain unhealed in the hearts of Tamils.”